Mexborough & Swinton Times, April 16, 1897
Denaby Main Institute
The quarterly general meeting of the members of this Institute was held on Monday last, when the business brought forward was of an unusually interesting character.
Mr Chambers, president, presided, and there was a good attendance present. The minutes having been read and confirmed, the chairman stated that the proposed extension and alterations to the billiard room had been submitted to and sanctioned by, the directors of the company, and plans having been prepared, and the necessary permission obtained from the authorities at Doncaster, the work would be put in hand at once. The statement, it should be mentioned, gave general satisfaction, and met with great enthusiasm and applause.
The improvements indicated are very much needed, and have for a long time been under discussion – so long, indeed, that many were beginning to think they would never be realised this idea, however, is now dispelled, and there is a prospect of having, at no far distant date, an Institute and billiard room that will compare favourably with any other to be found in that district.
The secretary read letters which he had received in response to appeals made on behalf of the funds of the Institute from F. W. Fison, Esq., M.P. (who in addition to a cheque kindly presented the Institute with a framed picture), Mrs E. A. Woodyear (Crookhill Hall), Mrs Montagu (Melton Hall), S. Whitworth, Esq. (Wath) and Jos. Walton, Esq., J. P. (Saltburn). Promises of assistance had also been received from the patrons of the Institute, J. S. H. Fullerton, Esq., M. S. H. (Ackworth Lodge), and A. Bewicke Copley, Esq, (proper Hall), who is at present in India, but hopes to be able to return home for a few weeks this autumn.
Votes of thanks were unanimously passed to the directors of the colliery, and Mr W. H. Chambers. The secretary was also requested to convey the thanks of the Institute to the persons mentioned, who had so generously subscribed towards the funds for a new billiard table, etc.